face of male figure sticking his tongue out at TC, with distorted, overlapping birdlike face just R; figure is holding PR hand to chest; another hand is overlapping scene at lower R; orange drip streaks run down image; red and blue drips; multicolored smears along upper portion; linear marks lower half of image

%C2%A9 Rick Bartow%2C For Luck %2F Froelick Gallery

For Luck, 2003

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Look closely: A bird’s beak is subtly emerging from the man’s face. Rick Bartow was interested in depicting transformations, and he was especially curious about how humans are altered in death. Many of his works explore the nature of transforming from the physical to a spiritual realm. Bartow admired expressionist painters who used visible, vigorous brushstrokes, such as Cy Twombly and Francis Bacon, and his unique style is evident in this drawing—a characteristic attempt to balance reverence and humor.

Details
Title
For Luck
Artist Life
(Wiyot and Yurok), 1946 - 2016
Role
Artist
Accession Number
2016.116.3
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face of male figure sticking his tongue out at TC, with distorted, overlapping birdlike face just R; figure is holding PR hand to chest; another hand is overlapping scene at lower R; orange drip streaks run down image; red and blue drips; multicolored smears along upper portion; linear marks lower half of image

© Rick Bartow, For Luck / Froelick Gallery